New story: Google’s Pixel 5a is finally official. Same as last year’s Pixel 4a 5G, but with a slightly larger screen, water & dust resistance, larger battery, $50 lower price ($450), and no 5G mmWave. U.S. and Japan only on Aug. 26. www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-08-17/google-adds-larger-screen-and-battery-to-its-cheapest-5g-phone
I’m so excited to test this out and host the event tonight!! Thanks for sending over the new #pixel5a ! #teampixel #giftfromgoogle @madebygoogle 🦄 Nails: @holotaco 💿 🦇 Top: @BlackMilkTweets pic.twitter.com/nJctjwqFce
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A couple of Pixel tidbits: Google expects to sell out of the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4A 5G on its US store in the coming weeks (though they might be available at other retailers), so Pixel 5A / 4A will probably be your only options until Pixel 6 this fall.
17 August, 2021 - 11:00am
Google says the 5A is the last Pixel phone to include a charging brick
The company says that most people already have a USB-C charging brick, so there’s no longer a need to include one with its phones. Apple and Samsung made similar arguments when they announced they would no longer be offering an in-box charger. That may be true, but it’s likely that the cost savings of not including a charger played a big role in those decisions.
One thing seems certain, though: with these three major phone manufacturers committed to removing the charger, smaller companies will have an easier time following suit and doing the same. While phone shoppers may feel like it’s a case of paying the same price and getting less, this is likely a reality that we’ll all have to make peace with, so hold your wall chargers tight.
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